Weekend Arts Guide (3/21-3/24 2019)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: March 21, 2019 - March 24, 2019

Image Credit: Still from no legged animals by Madeline Finn, one of the works to be screened this weekend during Moving_Image_00:05 at Heaven Gallery.

The Wicker Park Bucktown art scene continues to offer up a diverse array of exhibitions and shows this weekend with a handful of special happenings including readings, talks, workshops, and a film festival dedicated to a cross-section of artforms utilizing the moving image. Be sure to get out and see some exhibits and partake in the weekend's art offerings!

Thursday (3/21/2019)

Volumes Bookcafe
Lydia Slaby: Wait, It Gets Worse
Volumes is super excited to host the launch of local author Lydia Slaby's new book Wait, It Gets Worse: Love, Death, and My Transformation from Control Freak to Human Being (Disruption Books 2019). Join us for drinks, a book talk and signing! In her new book, Lydia Slaby was thirty-three years old and had everything she believed would make her happy...But under the surface Lydia’s life was in free-fall. When she made a doctor’s appointment to talk about the toll of extreme stress, she was instead admitted with a diagnosis of lymphoma. As a cancer survivor, Lydia tries to piece back together her marriage, her career, and her own worth. With a voice that is wise, irreverent, and filled with sharp humor, Wait, It Gets Worse is a story about following all the rules only to learn the hard way the only things she now knows to be true: that control is a lie and an illusion, and love will save your life. Lydia Slaby is an advocate, speaker, and writer focused on empowering people, communities, and organizations faced with daunting change.
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Friday (3/22/2019)

Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Wine and Unwind
Unwind with us at the end of the week for a BYOB night of making!
4:00pm to 8:00pm

Heaven Gallery
Since it's launch in the fall of 2016, Moving_Image_00:00 has presented the moving image works of 37 artists and four collaborative teams, showcasing works by Chicago-based artists through an open call. Moving_Image_00:00 is hosted at various galleries across Chicago and is a biannual festival that defines itself as a festival of all forms of the moving image, unique to that of a film festival. From digital and hand drawn animation to polished short films, gifs to experimental performance for video, Moving_Image_00:00's mission is to create public screening opportunities for and celebrate local artists. The showcase is directed by Santina Amato and Sarah Kathryn Skaggs. This year's guest curator is Rana Siegel and featured artists include Doug DeWitt, Hale Ekinci, Paige Taul, Kioto Aoki, Yao-Yi Wang, Nayeon Yang, Leslie Baum & Fred Wells, Ke Lui, Jon Chambers, Jesse Malmed, Eunhye Shin, Cherrie Yu, Iris Bernblum, Rebecca Nakaba, and Madeline Finn.
Doors Open 6:30pm - Screening Starts 7:00pm

The Silver Room
Protect the Weird Kids
Presented by the Silver Room and Kings Without Crowns, this group art show features the work of Ali 6, Con _Leche, Kawaii.Suga, Tori Torsion, Erica Contreras, Melissa Castro Almandina, Devine Gratitude, Plant Shop Chicago, and Intuitive Healing By Jennifer Love x XOCHITL.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Saturday (3/23/2019)

Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Sex Workers Run the World: Sex Work in Art History
Throughout history, sex work has been at the core of world culture. This introductory survey examines sex workers in art, sex worker artists, and the ways in which human societies have grappled with both. Dan Merkle is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History, Theory & Criticism at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. He has included issues around sex work in his global art history lecture for fifteen years.
6:00pm to 7:30pm

Challengers Comics + Conversation
Women's Comic Month: Rebecca McConnell & Courtney V. Cusack
It's time for Women's Comics Month! Challengers is once again celebrating Women and Non-binary comic creators for the month of March, and this year we’ll have 2 creators exhibiting their work, showing off their comics and talking shop each Saturday and Sunday of the month. This Saturday will feature Rebecca McConnell and Courtney V. Cusack.

Jackson Junge Gallery
Do-It-Yourself Frame Weekend
All ready-made frames will be 50-70% off! Create perfect affordable gifts for your friends and loved ones! "Hang" around to frame your artwork, family photos, postcards, game tickets, and other memorabilia! Staff will be available to answer questions and help customers insert their artwork, photos, and other special items into a wide range of standard size ready-made frames.
11:00am to 8:00pm

Vertical Gallery
Two Sides: Gemma Compton & CopyRight
Vertical Gallery presents a special two artist exhibition from contemporary British artists CopyRight and Gemma Compton titled Two Sides. For this exhibition, the husband and wife team wanted to explore how their individual artistic practice could be combined into a collaborative project, exploring the ‘two sides’ of relationships. The work has been curated into 3 sections. A third each for the individual, to showcase their signature style and the other third are blending their two different artistic practices to create something unique. Gemma Compton’s highly stylized works explore ideas of love and loss portrayed through natural form. CopyRight has combined his roots in street art with his dark, romantic narrative to create a pulp fiction of strong iconographic artworks.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

Volumes Bookcafe
Art Story
Join the gang at Volumes Bookcafe for a special art-focused version of story time!
10:00am to 11:00pm

Wicker Park Farmers Market
Winter Farmers Market at the Chop Shop
The Wicker Park Farmers Market has begun our first ever indoor market this season at Chop Shop. We will be open every Saturday through April! Local vendors will be offering all the best in handmade and homegrown to get your winter started right. This week includes a musical performance by Ryan Burns from 10:00am to noon.
Market Open 10:00am to 3:00pm

Sunday (3/24/2019)

Challengers Comics + Conversation
Women's Comic Month: Cathy Hannah & Corinne Halbert
It's time for Women's Comics Month! Challengers is once again celebrating Women and Non-binary comic creators for the month of March, and this year we’ll have 2 creators exhibiting their work, showing off their comics and talking shop each Saturday and Sunday of the month. This Sunday will feature Cathy Hannah and Corinne Halbert.

Heaven Gallery
Hold Sway Artist Walkthrough
Join us for a walkthrough with Ellen Hanson and Aimée Beaubien as they talk about their practice and their work featured in our current exhibition Hold Sway. The event is free to the public and will have coffee donated by La Colombe and pastries by Artemios. Hold Sway is one of two shows currently on exhibition at Heaven Gallery.
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Jackson Junge Gallery
Do-It-Yourself Frame Weekend
All ready-made frames will be 50-70% off! Create perfect affordable gifts for your friends and loved ones! "Hang" around to frame your artwork, family photos, postcards, game tickets, and other memorabilia! Staff will be available to answer questions and help customers insert their artwork, photos, and other special items into a wide range of standard size ready-made frames.
11:00am to 7:00pm

The Occult Bookstore
Chaos C-ov-N Workshop: Tangled Up in Blue
The Chaos C-ov-N is a Chicago-based chaos magick working group led by Nia Ain and Ninov. Chaos magick is a non-dogmatic approach to magick: it requires no specific belief and it is enriched by the diversity of its participants. All are welcome, no matter your background or experience level. Chaos C-ov-N is taking a page out of Pope Pete’s (Peter J. Carrol) Liber Kaos and will be introducing his concept of Eight Magics. In Carrol’s eightfold division of magick, eight forms of magick are conveniently denoted by colors with emotional significance. This month we’re working with the idea of “Blue” magick, or wealth and prosperity magick. We will be discussing different approaches to Blue magick and will be conducting a ritual to promote healthy income and sustainable economic strategies.
3:00pm to 5:00pm

Ongoing Exhibitions

AdventureLand Works on Paper
Nostalgia by Deal
The Chicago artist known as "Deal" specializes in street art and caricature illustrations. His interests and influences stem from cartoons, graffiti art, hip hop culture, sports, and television and film. Deal's work often depicts humorous situations or renditions of famous pop-culture icons. Deal is a graduate of Columbia College and has exhibited across the nation and been features in various publications.

Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Chicago Sex Workers Art Show with SWOP
Agitator Gallery has partnered with the Chicago chapter of the Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) to bring the neighborhood Chicago's latest iteration of the Sex Workers Art Show, celebrating International Sex Workers Rights Day. The exhibition foregrounds the talent of artists who have worked in the sex trade. By centering their art, labor, and lived experiences, SWOP aims to sex work stigma.

Dreambox Gallery
Piotr Antonow 
Piotr Antonow’s paintings combine the elements of abstraction with realistic representation.  His compositions allow the lines, colors, and shapes to come together to define the realistic details of the form, that brings into view a degree of the inner world and the individuality of a subject. Piotr was born in Cracow, Poland.  Early in his life, he began painting and drawing in his parents’ art studio and he continued his studies at the Secondary School of Fine Arts in Cracow. After moving to the United States in 1986, Antonow took classes at the Art Institute of Chicago and privately studied painting and drawing with Gay Riseborough.  He also studied under Eleanor Spiess-Ferris in the Evanston Art Center, where he now runs the figure drawing sessions.

Gallery Cafe
Sarah Curl-Larson & Rachel Lechocki
Gallery Cafe is continuing International Women’s Day, because one day isn’t enough. Sarah Curl-Larson and Rachel Lechocki have teamed up for this exhibition about visual symbols and representations of feminism. Crafted with earthly elements and themes of ecological issues around human encroachment, the work meshes creative courageousness with irony and humor.

gallery no one
Catherine Hu: Very Little Changes + I can't even
gallery no one is pleased to present Catherine Hu's solo exhibition. Very Little Changes presents a bunch of objects that imitate and combine existing forms, like that of buildings, landscapes and furniture. Functioning like puns, where two meanings share one form, these hybrids attempt to exist simultaneously in places where one or the other might not be welcome, acting like a bridge between discrete ideas.
I can't even
 is an online exhibition made up of work from seven artists touching on the characteristics of the Internet in varying degrees, providing new modes of thinking for the new media and the contemporary Internet language.

Heaven Gallery
Hold Sway + Margins, Material and Metaphor
Hold Sway brings together two artists working with overlapping perspectives in paint and photography. Ellen Hanson’s paintings reveal partial views on free-standing intersecting canvases, emphasizing the illusion of the image. Hanson's multi-paneled paintings reveal intimate moments while at other angles their built-in barriers conceal, underscoring the nature of privacy. Aimée Beaubien draws parallels between photographs and landmasses in states of flux. Photos cascade and plates shift in a fractured landscape shaped by subterranean forces. At the core of this photo-based installation is a chance encounter with a three-ring binder of 35mm black and white contact sheets dating from the early 1970’s. Beaubien builds bridges between past and future via the visual records of two women, unknown to one another.
In Margin, Material and Metaphor, Surabhi Ghosh resituates marginalized narratives of everyday spaces by combining the spectacular with the mundane, transforming materials such as upholstery, vinyl and glass beads through repetitive processes of drawing, cutting, and stitching. Olivia Valentine’s work focuses on the construction of edges and interstitial spaces, stemming from her investigations into the space of the textile edge. Both Ghosh and Valentine use material and metaphor to challenge the composition of constructed spaces. In this exhibition, the two artists investigate their overlapping interest in materialized edges and metaphorical boundaries as defined by visual patterning. The installation the work is a collaborative process between the two as they respond to the interior architecture of the gallery.

Jackson Junge Gallery
The Jackson Junge Gallery presents Time, its second group exhibition of their 2019 season. This exhibit features 20 works of art in various mediums by artists from around the world. Time is a thought-provoking concept due to its many definitions and interpretations. For this exhibition, artists were encouraged to bring forth their own understandings of time. Time is endless. However, in our world today, time is considered one of the most valuable assets. The concept of time has been the subject of study in many different fields, including the arts, sociology, geology, biology and physics. When defined as a noun, time is “the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). In this exhibition, concepts revolve around time as an illusion, time’s effect on human life and time in regard to the environment.

LVL3 Gallery
Cloud 9
LVL3 blissfully presents Cloud 9, an anniversary show marking our ninth year as an artist-run space. Each year, LVL3 invites back five previously exhibited artists to celebrate their accomplishments and positive impact on our programming as we continue to grow. Cloud 9 refers to the intense feelings of well-being and happiness. The work in this exhibitions, from artists Leslie Baum, Will Hutnick, Dan Rizzo-Orr, Esther Ruiz, and Cecilia Salama, shares the feeling of euphoria and new found heights. It’ll have you walking on air.

Little Broken Things
Secret Society Dropout
Of her new show, Laura Catherwood states “Creatively, I have been inspired by animals my whole life. My creative work now is based on the personal symbols we develop in our lives and our ambiguous feelings, using quietly surreal animals and monsters to illustrate them. I often ask people ‘what is your favorite animal and why’, and the pieces in this show are a new series of illustrations based on the answers I have gotten. These paintings are also new experiments for me using acrylic, as I was trained as an oil painter. They are painted on wood and clayboard.”

Rainbo Club
Marieke McClendon & Jonathan Van Herik

Roots & Culture
Sirimas Benz Amatayakul & Alex Stark: Aggregate with Amanda Joy Calobrisi: Act as if I’m not Here in the Milwaukee Avenue Window
Sirimas Benz Amatayakul creates abstract paintings to honor the unrelenting energy, rawness, innocence, courage, spontaneity, and joy that she observes in her children when they’re creating art. Alex Stark’s drawings describe the body and its surroundings. Birds are a personal symbol representing both fragility and an alternate way of seeing that comes from flight. The birds are seen in relation to a vulnerable nude figure that establishes a connection or kind of empathy between them. Under the transformative night sky these emotively drawn elements find strength in each other.

Sideshow Gallery
Sacred Heart Show
40+ artists will join us for a group show about love, pain, and sacrifice. Using traditional sacred heart imagery, the walls of the shop will be lifted with romantic and iconic displays in many different mediums.

Video Game Art Gallery
Polymorphism: Queer Encounters of Intimacy in Games
This exhibition explores the burgeoning field of interactive queer art, which gamifies the mechanics of intimate relationships and reinterprets traditional game concepts as a means to experience affection, desire, and love. While queer desire has been marginalized and pathologized in the mainstream, within LGBTQIA+ culture, a more inclusive acceptance of kink and diverse relationship structures is being articulated. Whether in the context of long-term romance, intimacy with multiple partners, or casual sex, these artworks place the practice of acting on attraction in the hands of the player, furthering our ability to express the personal experiences of an underserved culture and drawing a wider audience into conversations about gameplay and desire. Please be advised that this is a explicit show and content warnings may include nudity, sex, violence, mental illness, and suicide.

Young Chicago Authors
In My Feelings
In My Feelings explores concepts of empathy and intimacy as these ideas have shifted as we become more dependent on our technological devices. Can we re-engage or re-imagine the practices of being empathetic? The artists in this exhibition survey our intimate relationships with one another, the objects we encounter every day, and object to object relationships. The exhibition features work by Angela Azmitia, Aviv Benn, David Heo, Anneli Goeller, Polina Protsenko (and Martel Tinsley performing with Polina), Logan Kruidenier, Neil Patrick O’Malley, Jonathan Korotko, Naoki Nakatani, Sara Salass, and Yae Jee Min.




Thursday (3/21/2019)
Volumes Bookcafe: Lydia Slaby: Wait, It Gets Worse - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Friday (3/22/2019)
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Wine and Unwind - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Heaven Gallery: Moving_Image_00:05 - doors open 6:30pm
The Silver Room: Protect the Weird Kids - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Saturday (3/23/2019)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Sex Workers Run the World: Sex Work in Art History - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation: Women's Comic Month: Rebecca McConnell & Courtney V. Cusack - 11:00am
Jackson Junge Gallery: Do-It-Yourself Frame Weekend - 11:00am to 8:00pm
Vertical Gallery: Two Sides: Gemma Compton & CopyRight - exhibition closes
Volumes Bookcafe: Art Story Time 
Wicker Park Farmers Market: Winter Farmers Market at the Chop Shop - 10:00am to 3:00pm with music 10:00am to noon

Sunday (3/24/2019)
Challengers Comics + Conversation: Women's Comic Month: Cathy Hannah & Corinne Halbert - 11:00am
Heaven Gallery: Hold Sway Artist Walkthrough - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: Do-It-Yourself Frame Weekend - 11:00am to 7:00pm
The Occult Bookstore: Chaos C-ov-N Workshop: Tangled Up in Blue - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Ongoing Exhibitions
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Nostalgia by Deal 
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Chicago Sex Workers Art Show with SWOP
Dreambox Gallery: Piotr Antonow 
Gallery Cafe: Sarah Curl-Larson & Rachel Lechocki 
gallery no one: Catherine Hu: Very Little Changes I can't even 
Heaven Gallery: Hold Sway Margins, Material and Metaphor 
Jackson Junge Gallery: Time  
LVL3 Gallery: Cloud 9  
Little Broken Things: Secret Society Dropout  
Rainbo Club: Marieke McClendon & Jonathan Van Herik  
Roots & Culture: Sirimas Benz Amatayakul & Alex Stark: Aggregate Amanda Joy Calobrisi: Act as if I'm not Here in the Window
Sideshow Gallery: Sacred Heart Show  
VGA Gallery: Polymorphism: Queer Encounters of Intimacy in Games  
Young Chicago Authors: In My Feelings